This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in the fashion and textiles industry. You will gain high level and specialist training in how to present and exhibit your work to industry standard and how to realise your fashion collection from idea to catwalk.
The course will provide you with real industry experience working on live projects as well as gaining invaluable knowledge through optional internships and work experience. You will be encouraged to enter prestigious competitions in order to market yourself as a designer and you will have the opportunity to take part in the College's annual fashion show.
You will learn new techniques, explore innovative processes and fashion trends, and develop an independent mode of working. You will also be able to specialise in the areas you are most interested in, these areas include: pattern cutting; garment manufacture; illustration; specialist textile techniques such as printmaking, embroidery and knitting as well as computer aided design. The practical skills learnt will be complemented by a strong understanding in the social, political and historical factors that influence trends within the fashion industry. On completion of your studies you will have created a professional portfolio of work that will showcase your technical abilities to future employers.
The nature of the course is very practical therefore you will purchase the necessary equipment and resources needed to complete your course work. (approx. £200)
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- Contextual studies
- Computer aided design (CAD)
- Professional practice
- Individual project
- Techniques & processes
- Pattern cutting & garment making
- Fashion & textiles practices
You will need to be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year the course commences.
You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points which may be gained from the following qualifications:
- Two A Levels
- One A Level plus an AS Level pass in an appropriate subject
- BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma
- BTEC National Certificate
- Level 3 Diploma or equivalent such as NVQ, GNVQ, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Certificate of Education
- A recognised (Kite marked) Access course
- Other relevant international qualifications
Alternatively, if you have significant relevant work experience or other professional qualifications you may be eligible for the course. Contact the College who will be able to advise and discuss your suitability for the course.
To find out more about UCAS points, please visit https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/ucas-undergraduate-entry-requirements
You will be able to make an immediate contribution to the work place. For example, you can seek work in fashion, couture or textile design, tailoring, pattern cutting and grading, or set up your own company. You may also top-up your HND by studying a further year at university to gain a full honours degree.